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Health IT: ‘We Were Bound To Be Disappointed’
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Robert Wachter, MD, works an hour north of Silicon Valley. Being surrounded by an “incredibly dynamic, vibrant IT ecosystem” contributed to a sense of disconnect for the associate chairman of medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

Wachter couldn’t help but compare the nimbleness of companies to the sense of disappointment with the state of technology in healthcare, he told MedPage Today.

He doesn’t mince words. “In retrospect, we were bound to be disappointed,” reads the first line of his latest book, “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age,” when he compares the daily experience of consumer technology to healthcare’s less straightforward path to computerization.